Thanks. It looks like Charkbait has a special on lefty Albacore specials. I can fish both left and right, but prefer lefties. The only star drag available in comparable size (not really) is the saltiga 30 (lefty), which is pretty light and small. I think the larger albacore special series would be a better choice, but like you mentioned parts may be an issue.
I have saltists, torium 20, senators 4/0's and 3/0 and the OJ 5000p at my disposal, but like any other tackle junkie I have the urge for something else. Being that my friend may split the cost of the Pro gear, I might consider buying it. Has anyone had malfunctions using the reel? It looks like they are well made and simplistic internally, but what do I know right??